Some risk factors that are linked to breast cancer, like being a woman and getting older, are not things you can change. But other factors, like maintaining a healthy weight, may help lower your chances of getting breast cancer.
Although not all the behaviors listed below lower the risk of breast cancer, they are good for overall health. Adapted from the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines, everyone should aim to:
Eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Studies have shown that eating vegetables and fruits may help lower breast cancer risk. Studies have also shown that women with higher levels of carotenoids (found in carrots, sweet potatoes and squash) have a reduced risk of breast cancer compared to women with lower levels.
- Choose 100 percent whole grain foods (like 100 percent whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, popcorn and quinoa) more often than processed grains.
- Limit red meat and processed meat (choose chicken, fish or beans instead).
- Cut down on “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats), and eat more “good” fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, like olive and canola oil).
Learn more: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/HealthyBehaviorsampRisk.html
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